Say hello to Common Brown Lemur Pinot, this week’s #FeatureFriday! Pinot was born in 1997 making him 18 years old. Pinot lives a quiet life on the reserve with his mate Shiraz after being rescued from the pet trade. Shiraz and Pinot are also joined here at LCF by their 4 sons Malbec, Merlot, Muga and Zinfandel.
Pinot can often be found cuddled up with Shiraz or exploring the new enrichment items that are given to him daily.
About Lemur Conservation Foundation:
Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) was established in 1996 by Penelope Bodry-Sanders. LCF is a leader in the conservation and preservation of the primates of Madagascar through programs dedicated to observation oriented research, education, and lemur propagation, with a commitment to infuse art into all of our mission programs. LCF is an American Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited, private, 100-acre facility based in Myakka City, Florida. Our current lemur population, representing six species of lemurs, thrives in naturalistic free ranging habitats ranging in size from 9 to 13 acres, and smaller enclosures for animals in need of a more specialized environment. LCF is a respected voice for science, conservation, education, art, and lemurs, the iconic image of the conservation challenges and environmental stewardship facing Madagascar and the world.
The Lemur Conservation Foundation attended the 2014 Madagascar Flora and Fauna Group (MFG) Annual Meeting held in St. Louis Missouri and hosted by the St. Louis Zoo. LCF is a proud supporter and Board Member of MFG, which is a consortium of zoos, aquariums and zoological gardens working together to save the biodiversity of Madagascar.
During the meeting, experts from around the world met to identify conservation strategies for Betampona Reserve and Parc Ivoloina. MFG manages several research and conservation projects to protect the vital rainforest area of Betampona that contains 11 species of lemur, 10 additional mammal species, 95 bird species, and over 100 reptile and amphibian species. The forest also contains a large variety of plant species, a number of which are highly endangered.
Parc Ivoloina is a zoological and educational park operated by MFG, which houses a variety of native Malagasy wildlife, including bamboo lemurs, brown lemurs, blue-eyed black lemurs, and radiated tortoises. Local and international visitors to Parc Ivoloina are able to develop an appreciation for Madagascar’s unique wildlife and learn ways that they can help protect these important species and their habitats.
LCF is happy to partner with MFG to protect wild lemur populations and lemur habitats, while working to build sustainable, managed populations to act as a critical safety net for wild populations. LCF and MFG’s work is an integral part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Lemur Conservation Action Plan to stop habitat loss and reverse the decline of lemur populations on the verge of extinction.
How you can help:
1. Join the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s efforts to support these vital conservation efforts in Madagascar and save some of the world’s most endangered animals and plants in the world by visiting LCF’s website to make a donation.
2. If you are a zoo, aquarium, or zoological garden, join with LCF and become a consortium member of MFG and help protect Madagascar’s native wildlife and habitats.
3. Encourage your local zoo, aquarium, or botanical garden to support the Lemur Conservation Foundation and also become a member of the Madagascar Flora and Fauna Group.